Central Organisation of Trade Union (Cotu) Secretary General Francis Atwoli, on Sunday, February 29, said having Ruto as a running mate in 2017 general election could cost Uhuru the presidency.
Atwoli claimed Ruto was a letdown to Jubilee administration following the numerous scandals that he and his allies have been implicated.
Atwoli said President Uhuru Kenyatta should drop his deputy William Ruto as a running mate in 2017 general election of risk losing the presidency
“There is an African saying that once someone helps you get a wife you do not continue keeping him around lest he snatches that wife from you. I am an elder and I will not be afraid to advise Uhuru to do what his predecessors did: doing away with those that helped them clinch power,” said the Cotu leader as quoted by The Standard.
Atwoli added that Ruto had been a letdown to Jubilee administration due to the numerous scandals that he had been implicated in.
In a recently filedaffidavit by former devolution and planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, Ruto’s close allies were grossly mentioned as having been involved in suspicious activities at the National Youth Service (NYS).
Top members of Ruto’s URP party were said to have intimidated government officials to tamper with investigations into loss of millions of shillings at the NYS.
National Assembly majority leader Aden Dualeapparently cautioned former NYS deputy director general Adan Harakhe to deal carefully with those from Uhuru’s TNA party or he could be used and dumped.
Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen is said to have openly declared that he represented clients whose money had been from by government. Anne Waiguru said Murkomen then threatened her with unspecified consequences if she did not terminate investigations into the NYS scandal.
Anne Waiguru indicated that involvement of URP in the NYS scandal did not stop with legislators. She said Ruto’s aide Farouk Kibet was also actively involved.
“During the time of Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) probe there were constant communications betweenBen Gethi, a key suspect in the scandal and Farouk Kibet with about 180 phone calls some lasting for hours between the two,” reads Anne Waiguru affidavit.
Anne Waiguru concluded that, based on analysis of the DCI report, her accuser Josephine Kabura was only a front to a broader more powerful cartel with various beneficiaries from the political establishment.
Josephine Kabura, another key suspect in the scandal, had filed an affidavit in court that placed the former devolution secretary at the center of the scandal.
Kabura had claimed that Anne Waiguru helped her form companies that were later used in the NYS tenders. She also said Waiguru introduced her to about 10 people who would help her get the government contracts.